By Nick Lellenberg (@HomeatHighbury)
After missing the boat last year on the fact that staff at my school receive Monday off after a quarter ends, I told myself that I wouldn’t let it happen again. So after looking at places I could go for a three day weekend for reasonable airfare and time from San Diego, I landed on Austin. I’d been thinking about it for a while — a good friend had moved there about a year ago—and once I realized that Arsenal played Norwich City that Saturday, it was a no brainer. I had to go visit the Austin Gooners. And I was determined to make it like one of my great European away trips. Watch Arsenal (granted on tv) with other Gooners and also explore a new city.
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Philly Gooners at Misconduct Tavern
Editors Note: From time to time we see ideas and events from other supporters groups within Arsenal America and from afar. We’d like to highlight one of these event ideas from our friends in the Philly Gooners and would love to hear about and promote events your local group might line up for the future.
By George Sedgewick and Mike Hiddi, co-founders of The Philly Gooners
The Philly Gooners have had loyal members for a decade. We regularly fill Misconduct Tavern, singing, cheering, and happily enjoying sincere camaraderie. This weekend’s match vs. Liverpool, however, marks an opportunity for Philly Gooners to introduce friends and family to the group! Normally, we have a special room for Gooners only. This time, feel free to bring your football-curious friends, family members, or co-workers to see what being a Philly Gooner is all about. We’ll have standing room for many fans, tables and chairs available for families or those needing a place to put their beers and snacks. We’re catering especially to families with children—we have several such groups already—as well as football friends who are on the fence! Bring them to Misconduct on Saturday for the 1:30 kickoff to take part in singing, match-viewing, dining, and a real supporters club experience. For more info, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, following us on Twitter @ArsenalPhilly, or joining our Philly Gooners group on Facebook.
By David Kilpatrick (@DrDKilpatrick)
DK: Obviously, books have been written about this, but I think you have a unique perspective. How would you say the culture at the club changed since you were last at the club in the ‘80s?
TB: It’s massive. I mean in terms of the club, it’s so much bigger, in terms of the number of people that work here. What you did, in the ‘80s you knew the entire staff, everyone who worked on the office staff, you knew the grounds staff, you knew the cleaning ladies, you knew the ladies that made the tea, you knew everybody that was involved, from people at Highbury to people at the training ground at London Colney, it was much more intimate; in terms of personnel, I’d say there was so few, but well, that was how football clubs were run. In terms of staff at the club, Don was the manager, you had the coach at the time, Sean Cartwright, myself as reserve team coach, you didn’t have a youth team coach, you had probably a physio at first-team level and possibly a physio at reserve team level full-time, and that was it, that was your full-time staff. You’re talking about a handful of people, six or seven people. Now, you can have six or seven masseurs at a club. It’s just like all clubs, all clubs are the same, they’ve all grown out of proportion really to how football clubs were run at that time, and I guess that’s the way of the football world nowadays.
DK: How closely do you work with Wenger and to what degree does he implement a certain method of play? What training methodologies does he oversee with you?
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